The MAM version of The Art Chart was developed after I heard a story related by a second grade teacher from another school. She had decided to give her own art lesson when no substitute was available for their absent art teacher. She got a reproduction of a famous painting and led a discussion about it. She was disappointed that her children did not know they were looking at a painting, what materials made the painting, and did not know the names of common ideas such as landscape and portrait. My curiosity led me to reproduce her lesson, thinking that my students would be able to discuss paintings because of all the lessons they had received. To my chagrin, my students did only a little better than hers. That day, I started designing the kind of art chart I needed and the kinds of lessons I would need to give.
I found a chart published in Art Fundamentals in its 1981, fourth edition, and in all later editions. To be more useful to students, this version of the chart needed additional components to complete a comprehensive framework for art appreciation. These additions are included in these MAM lessons, and represent contributions incorporated from lessons given by Dr. Hermine Feinstein, Dr. Helen Wessel, and Dr. Terry Barrett, as well as from my own experience as a working artist and teacher.